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because the faa is being forced to furlough thousands of air traffic controllers. abc's matt gutman has more from miami. good morning, matt. >> reporter: good morning, josh. the delays are already piling up. new york area airports reporting delays of over an hour. l.a.x. over three hours overnight. this is just the start. the faa now warning that as many as 6,700 flights could be delayed every day.the sequestrac across-the-board budgets cuts across-the-board budgets cuts are forcing furloughs. fewer planes in the air translates into delays. about 5,000 planes in the air at a given time and fewer eyes in the tower, the faa is slowing air traffic for safety. planes could both be prevented from landing and taking off. those inevitable delays could cost travelers more than just their time. >> airlines may have to cut flights. that will drive up ticket prices. demand will be high. >> reporter: the only antidote? said senator chuck schumer. >> we need democrats and republicans to meet in the middle and end the sequestration that causes the problems. >> reporter: analysts said there's not much
the president and congress. >> the faa blames the combination of staffing shortages and the weather for massive delays at major hubs. the agency claim it had no choice but to put 15,000 work order unpaid furloughs through october which means 10% fewer working each day. we know passengers are frustrated, of course, but so are those air traffic controllers who worry they're being used as political pawns of. >> the air traffic controllers have never been furloughed. they should not be furloughed now. >> the white house says the furloughs were unavoidable under the cuts originally supported by republicans and republicans simply say this. blame obama for delaying your flight. let's get a first class perspective on all of this from the "huffington post," howard fineman. did you see what i did there? >> i wish i could fly first. we don't. >> so howard, you know there is a difference between the reality of the situation and the perception of the reality of the situation. do you think that most people who are inconvenienced by this, waiting in longer security lines, do you think they're standing there w
have to prepare for long lines. government budget cuts that kicked in last month are forcing the faa and other agencies to cut some spending. f furloughs kicked in yesterday. the agency will furlough some 15,000 air traffic controllers. because of the cuts airports say passengers should expect increased delays. the length of the delays will vary depending on the schedule and situation at each specific airport. employees at the epa, office of management and budget, also face furloughs starting this week. >>> residents and investigators continue their search today through the destruction in west, texas, to try to figure out what caused the fertilizer plant there to explode. investigators say they found the origin of the explosion, but they still don't know what caused the initial fire that led to the blast last wednesday. fertilizer company is working closely with authorities to aid the investigation. the death toll from the blast remains at 14. a public memorial for first responders will take place in the town later this week. by the way, all the presidents, ex and otherwise will be i
an hour long. >> reporter: the faa is blaming the delays on across-the-board budget cuts which, it says, forced it on to furlough 15,000 air traffic controllers and other workers and were spacing out flights in the name of safety. several hundred flights delayed, less than the agency's prediction of 6,700 daily flight delays. but transportation secretary ray lahood warns abc, we might see an airplane apocalypse yet. >> we did not take into account weather activities. these delays could get extended beyond the 60 to 90 minutes. >> reporter: late monday, i decided to investigate the delays myself. taking a round-trip from miami -- not bad. taking off about 25 minutes late. to orlando -- it looks like we're about to take off about 50 minutes late. not too bad given the circumstances. and back. now, a lot of folks back in there gripe that probably the airports that the politicians and congressmen use, washington national, probably didn't have too many delays. it did. delays up to two hours. airline analysts say if this persists through the summer, we could see ticket prices start to rise. r
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